Being injured in a car accident can be devastating. If you were the victim of a crash in which another driver was liable, you may have suffered head, back, and neck injuries, as well as serious cuts, broken bones, and other injuries. You may have had to receive emergency treatment at a hospital, possibly even surgery. You may be facing months of physical therapy and appointments with a chiropractor.
In most cases, an injured party files an insurance claim with the responsible driver’s auto insurance company to attempt to recuperate these damages. That may not be possible, however, if the person who caused the accident was driving without insurance.
If you find yourself in this situation, an Atlanta uninsured motorist accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers may be able to help you seek justice. We may be able to help you recover compensation from the uninsured driver, your own insurance company, or another party involved.
Call our office at (404) 888-8888 to talk to a member of our staff about how we may be able to help you in a free, no-obligation consultation.
Identifying Who Is Liable for Your Accident
If the driver who hit your vehicle acted negligently, that person may be found liable for the accident. Speeding, running a red light, texting, and driving while intoxicated are examples of negligent driving.
In a standard personal injury case, the victim would pursue the responsible driver’s insurance company for damages. If that driver is uninsured, you may be able to sue them personally. However, if the driver was not carrying insurance because they could not afford it, they may not have sufficient assets to compensate you in full.
Other Liable Parties
Sometimes, an investigation reveals that two or more parties contributed to an accident. Multiple drivers could have taken negligent actions that caused your accident. If this is the case in your accident, you may be able to pursue compensation from a second or third liable driver who was carrying insurance.
Other times, a negligent mechanic may have caused the accident by failing to service a vehicle regularly. If a defective product such as a tire caused the accident, that manufacturer could be liable. Either case could allow you to pursue compensation from the liable company.
An Atlanta uninsured motorist accident lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can investigate your case and determine who may be liable for your injuries and how to pursue them for compensation when we represent you.
As we review the police report and statements from eyewitnesses, we can start to build a case against the responsible party. We may also be able to review surveillance footage, cellphone records, and other documents to find out if and how the other driver’s negligent actions caused your accident.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
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You May Be Able to Recover Compensation from Your Own Insurance Company
Although Georgia requires drivers to carry Bodily Injury and Property Damage insurance, some people do not follow the law and drive uninsured.
However, many drivers in Georgia also carry Uninsured Motorist coverage. Most insurance carriers offer this coverage unless you reject it in writing, according to the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. If you carry Uninsured Motorist coverage, you may be able to recover compensation from your own insurance company, up to the limits of your policy, after being hit by an uninsured motorist.
Although you may assume that your own insurance company would take care of you in a situation like this, it is possible for them to deny your claim or offer you a low payout. In cases like this, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can negotiate with your insurance company for your settlement offer or take the case to trial if necessary.
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Compensation in a Car Accident Case in Georgia
If you can prove the responsible party’s liability, you may be able to recover the following damages in a Georgia car accident case:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning ability
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Comparative Negligence May Affect Your Compensation
Georgia has a comparative negligence statute that allows a person who was injured in a collision to obtain financial compensation, even if that individual was partly responsible for the collision. If your actions contributed to the crash, you may still receive a financial award, but it may be reduced by a percentage to reflect your level of responsibility for the accident.
For example, if you are deemed to be 25% responsible for an accident and your damages are valued at $200,000, your payout may be reduced by 25% to $150,000.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Today
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating an injury from a car accident can be. In addition to your physical injuries, you may be struggling to cope with financial stress. You may be unable to work and enjoy spending time with your family the way you did before the accident.
When an Atlanta uninsured motorist accident lawyer from our firm takes over your case, you can focus on your family and your recovery while we handle the legal work on your behalf. We pride ourselves on being responsive to our clients and explaining legal issues in language that is easy to understand.
If you are considering legal action for your injuries, keep in mind that per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33, there is a general two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Georgia.
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can begin working on your case. You can receive a free consultation with a member of our team when you call (404) 888-8888.